Thursday, March 25, 2010

On Political Tags

"Political tags — such as royalist, communist, democrat, populist, fascist, liberal, conservative, and so forth — are never basic criteria. The human race divides politically into those who want people to be controlled and those who have no such desire. The former are idealists acting from highest motives for the greatest good of the greatest number. The latter are surly curmudgeons, suspicious and lacking in altruism. But they are more comfortable neighbors than the other sort."

- Robert A. Heinlein, "The Notebooks of Lazarus Long"

This Heinlein guy seems to have a pretty good grasp of human nature.

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